Decoy II

Maker and role
Artist: Jasper Johns, American, born 1930
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Object detail

image, 41 9/16 x 29 5/8in (105.6 x 75.2cm)
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Bequest of Mrs. Jerry Lawson
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Further information
Decoy and Decoy II are exceedingly complex technical and iconographic achievements. Printed using multiple plates and layers, they combine the broad brushwork of the Abstract Expressionist generation, which Johns had rebelled against as a young artist, with the Pop art imagery that made him famous. This contrast betweeen two very different means of representation, combined with the artist's inclusion of the tools of art - most notably ithe colors spelled out in both prints - makes Decoy and Decoy II essays on the very artifice of making art.
Jasper Johns: Prints, 1970-1977; Richard Field; 1978; cat. no. 169
The Prints of Jasper Johns, 1960-1993: A Catalogue Raisonné; Richard Field; 1994; cat. no. 125
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 217
From Goya to Johns: Fifty Master Prints from the McNay Art Museum; Lyle W. Williams, Richard Hemphill, William J. Chiego; 2004; p. 58
Subject period
Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Prints\1994.127 Johns\Jasper Johns Prints 1960-1993.pdf


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